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Man's huge fish may not be certified

WOODBRIDGE, Va., May 18 (UPI) -- A Virginia angler said his catch of an 18 pound, 4 ounce snakehead in the Occoquan River may have been a world record, but it will likely not be certified.

Juan Duran, 25, said he caught the fish near Woodbridge and only later discovered it beat out the world record of 17 pounds and 4 ounces, set in Japan 8 years ago, The Washington Post reported Friday.

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Duran said the International Game Fish Association asks for length and girth measurements for record-breaking catches and by the time he found that out, he had already given his catch to a friend who turned it into a meal.

Duran said he is supplying the IGFA with photos, the scale he used to weigh the fish and a section of his fishing line in the hopes of convincing the organization to accept his record without the measurements.

"If it doesn't work out, I know it's the biggest snakehead ever caught and recorded," Duran said. "So I'll still be proud of myself."

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